I made this piece for the Alliance for American Quilts. I have recently joined this group, and decided to make a quilt for their fundraising efforts! The contest is called Home is Where the Quilt Is. Even the title is inspiring! It will tour first and then be auctioned off, I think eBay? You can see more details here. It is their annual contest with really awesome prizes. I am dreaming big and keeping my fingers crossed for that grand prize of a Sweet 16! It could happen, right? Well, here is my entry....
For me, home is all about love and family. In this piece, a pair of blue birds greet each other while their hungry baby chirps below. With a garden deck and a green door, the orange house provides ample room for their family with room to grow!
And, one very special thing about the Alliance is that after you submit your entry, they have you record your own voice reading the artist statement. I think that's pretty cool! Also, the Alliance has many other cool projects, one of which is interviews with quilters, Quilter's SOS, Save Our Stories. The interviews are available for listening, or reading the transcripts. I recorded one last fall, but it hasn't been transcribed yet. It was part of a project to record the oral interviews of quilters published in the book Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts. They interviewed so many of the quilters, that it is taking a while to process them all! I say the more the merrier!!
|detail of the blue bird family|
|detail of the deck and flowers|
|my cat, sleeping in front of the birds, lol!|